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By Karen Bong
LAWAS, Oct 30: Sarawak will have about RM1 billion monthly to support the development in the State next year, says Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.
He welcomed the RM4.6 billion allocated by the Federal government under Malaysia Budget 2022 yesterday which will increase the total development expenditure of Sarawak to almost RM12 billion.
“We will try to increase our revenue, while we thank the Federal government for the RM4.6 billion under Malaysia Budget 2022 for Sarawak.
“In addition, Sarawak Budget 2022 has set aside over RM7 billion for development. This means we can spend about RM1 billion a month on development projects in Sarawak,” he said during the earth-breaking ceremony for the construction of Sarawak-Sabah Link Road Project (Lawas to Long Lopeng junction section) here today.
Abang Johari emphasised that the allocation for Sarawak demonstrated the State and Federal governments’ close collaboration and relationship which is also in line with the Malaysia Family aspiration to bring betterment to the people.
“This is our approach, from Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin time until the current Prime Minister Dato Sri Ismail Sabri Yakob. GPS (Gabungan Parti Sarawak) supports them in the spirit of one family and we work together.
“This is the result of our peace and unity. (Otherwise) It will be useless if we are divided even with money, like Sudan which is in chaos and leads to the suffering of the people,” he added.
Abang Johari reiterated the importance of safeguarding the unity in Sarawak in order to ensure GPS can continue to bring development to the State.
“How come this sounds like campaigning but we are not. We don’t know when the election will be held.
“But no matter what, we must take care of our unity and of Sarawak so that we can progress and move forward together because at the end of the day, we want the people to benefit and flourish,” he added. — DayakDaily.